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Picking up where I left off a couple of days ago on things I miss growing up in the neighborhood…

I miss:

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Getting a basketball for a present every Christmas; getting dressed and running across the street to the Schoolyard…

Going to basketball games at Bishop Ford…And sneaking in through the red door without the handle on 9th avenue…

Watching the older guys play 3 on 3 basketball in the schoolyard…

Playing taps in the schoolyard…

Watching summer league basketball games…

Getting an ice from Bonnalli’s…

Working in Key Food on 9th avenue for a dollar an hour…

Delivering the Daily News at 6:30 AM…(Not really)

Playing in the rain…

Talking with Tom Brady…

Talking with Leo Ferritty…

Throwing snowballs from Jimmy Cullen’s backyard at a neighbor a few doors down…

Buying newspapers from Ray and Otto’s…

Riding the B75 Bus…

Slipping under the revolving gate at the Windsor Place Subway station…

Cross-Country practice in Prospect Park West…

Drinking Wild Irish Rose in the back of the Home…

Hanging out in the subway late at night to stay warm…

Sitting on the window sill with a pillow watching all the people walk by…

Eating Fish Cakes and Beans on Friday’s from Henry’s Deli on Prospect Avenue…

Hanging out in hallways on 16th street and the Parkside…

Rice Pudding from Pynn’s Deli…

Being chased by La-La, Mr. Zoli and yes, the NYPD…

Sitting on the Corral drinking Tango…

Getting a haircut from Harry’s…

Playing cards on the sidewalk…

Hanging out on a stoop shooting the breeze…

Being a member of Danny Pisselli’s Bantam basketball team going to O.L.A chanting “UC-LA” with teammates walking down 74th street in Bay Ridge at 9AM…

Playing CYO basketball and wearing a Holy Name jersey…

Talking with Red from Red’s Shoe Store…

Playing Whiffle Ball with Tommy Houk on Howard Place…

Listening to Carmine tell us he pitched last night for the Mets all the while we knew they were on a West Coast trip…

Buying 45’s for ninety-nine cents at the Record shop on 5th avenue…

My red, curly hair…

Most of all, I miss all my friends I grew up with on the Avenue…

-Steve

Hoops135@hotmail.com

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